Two-tone Lemnalia (Lemnalia sp.)
Family: Nephtheidae (Octocorals)
Habitat: Fore and back-reef slopes with moderate surge (sometimes strong)
Light: Medium Water Flow: Medium Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: The octocorals are generally polytrophic - getting nutrition from zooxanthellae (algae) in their tissues, nutrient uptake from the seawater, and feeding on microplankton.
Natural History: Lemnalia is similar to Nephthea, Capnella, and Litophyton and is difficult to differentiate from them. Lemnalia has numerous needle-like sclerites throughout its branches and stalk, unlike the other species. It has retractile polyps. The stalk is free of polyps, as well as other large branches.
Husbandry: Lemnalia is reported to be zooxanthellate and require moderate to strong water flow, along with moderate to bright light to thrive. Some crustaceans may pick at the surface of Lemnalia. It is reported to asexually reproduce by splitting in half, or by branches separating and growing new individuals.
AKA: Cauliflower Coral, Tree Coral, Branch Coral
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